Jam jar salads the next foodie fad - and 'great on Instagram'
Forget fine dining and Michelin star service, eating your lunch out of old-fashioned jam jars could be the next culinary trend to sweep the country.
Last year, retro cocktails served in jam jars were de rigueur, but in 2015 it's all about chucking a Caesar salad into a jar.
The fad has been championed by Gwyneth Paltrow and is a big hit with the kale and parsnip crisp loving brigade.
Packing a salad into a jam jar has many advantages; it keeps ingredients fresher than a plastic container does and it's an easy way for gym bunnies to monitor portion sizes.
On top of that, glass jars stacked full of julienned carrots, red quinoa and yellow bell peppers photograph extremely well.
"Jam jar salads look fantastic on Instagram," owner of frozen yogurt bar Yogism, Stephen O'Dwyer, explained.
"For a lot of health conscious bloggers that's a real bonus."
Yogism serves up overnight oats in glass jars while Irish juice company, Alchemy, present their avocado mousse and chia seed pudding in petite glass jars.
While few Irish restaurants serve salads in the industrial looking containers, restaurateurs believe it could become the next hot trend.
"There are so many trends in the culinary world," Jennifer King of Fallon & Byrne said.
"Every week, there seems to be another ingredient, or style of presentation everyone is trying out. Jar salads could well be next big thing."